Keeping infection control in hand

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Abstract

Despite huge progress in recent years, rates of healthcare-associated infections in the NHS remain ‘unacceptable and avoidable’, according to NICE. Its new quality standard addresses priority areas such as hand hygiene, antibiotics and catheters. In this article, front line nurses discuss attempts at infection prevention and control.

Improved levels of infection prevention and control within health care are getting a much needed push from new quality guidance, says Erin Dean

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